Ladyjacks Face Texas in NCAA Tournament Opener

first_imgTHE FIRST SERVE• For the first time since 2006, the SFA volleyball team is back in the NCAA Tournament field and Thursday night inside Gregory Gym the Ladyjacks start their postseason run against fifth-ranked Texas inside Gregory Gym. • First serve in the third meeting between SFA and Texas in the Ladyjacks’ NCAA Division I era is set for 7:00 p.m. The match will be televised nationally on the Longhorn Network with Paul Sunderland and Karch Kiraly providing play-by-play and analysis. Video streaming will be available via tinyurl.com/SFAvsUT and ESPN apps.• Setting up shop inside Gregory Gym will be longtime SFA volleyball expert Greg Miller. His call of the match can be heard on an internet radio stream available at SFAVolleyblog.net. NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY• 2018 marks the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for SFA and its first in 12 years. • SFA previously made the cut for the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2006. • SFA has an all-time record of 1-4 in the NCAA Tournament with its only victory coming in five sets over Alabama in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament which was played, oddly enough, inside Gregory Gym. • SFA’s losses in the NCAA Tournament have come against Clemson (3-2 on 11/30/94), Texas (3-0 on 12/4/97 and 3-0 on 12/2/06) and Texas A&M (3-0 on 12/2/99).LET’S TALK STREAKS AND WINS• SFA’s 29-match winning streak is currently the longest in the nation at the moment. It’s also one of five active winning streaks that are at 20 matches or longer. Stanford (26 matches), UCF (24 matches), Kentucky (21 matches) and Creighton (20 matches) have all won 20 or more matches in a row as well. • That winning streak by SFA is also the longest in program history. With their Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinal win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Ladyjacks passed 2006 edition of the the team for the longest winning streak in program history. That 2006 squad won 26 in a row which included the program’s first – and so far only – NCAA Tournament victory.• SFA is a perfect 11-0 in road matches this season. That makes the Ladyjacks the only NCAA Division I volleyball team in the nation who has not lost a true road match this season. Also, the Ladyjacks’ 11-match winning streak in road matches is tied with Stanford and Kentucky for the lengthiest in the nation.• Not only is SFA perfect on the road, but it is perfect inside Shelton Gym this season, too. The Ladyjacks are 14-0 on their home floor and have won 15-straight matches there dating back to last season. That gives SFA the nation’s eighth-longest active home court winning streak and makes it one of 14 teams in the land this year that haven’t lost a home match in 2018. • Dating back to last season, SFA has also won 17 consecutive Southland Conference matches – the sixth-longest active in-conference winning streak in all of NCAA Division I volleyball. • No team in the nation has amassed more wins so far than SFA. The Ladyjacks are the only team in the land that has reached the 30-win mark and their 32 victories are three more than the next closest team in the land. Pittsburgh has won 29 matches to put them second in total wins behind SFA. LAST TIME OUT• Danae Daron was named the Southland Conference Tournament MVP while Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna each earned spots on the Southland Conference All-Tournament Team as the Ladyjacks blasted Central Arkansas 3-0 in the Southland Conference Tournament title match on Sunday, Nov. 18. • On her birthday, Williams accumulated team-highs in both kills (nine) and blocks (eight) to help lead SFA back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. • Ann Hollas delivered a trio of service aces while Haley Coleman and Sabrina Monaco added two more each for SFA who racked up eight winners from the service line. • SFA hit .337 and held the Sugar Bears to a clip of just .146. DEFENSE• SFA ranks fourth nationally in opponent hitting percentage with a mark of .139. That figure is the best in the Southland Conference, too. • The Ladyjacks’ front-row defense has played a part in that, too, as SFA leads the Southland in both blocks per set (2.71) and total blocks (316.5). On the national scene, SFA ranks 12th in total blocks and 20th in blocks per set. • Most of SFA’s front-row defensive prowess has been because of three individuals – Danae Daron, Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna. Daron and Williams rank 41st in the nation as both average 1.26 blocks per set while Hanna adds 0.97 blocks per set. SERVICE PRESSURE• Four Ladyjacks have accumulated 25 or more service aces this season. That has helped SFA rank 26th nationally with 178 total aces and 37th in the land with a service aces per set mark of 1.52. • McKenzie Brewer, Haley Coleman and Marisabel Torres have each totaled five service aces in a match one time this season. It’s Coleman who leads SFA with 36 winners from the service line while Brewer (29), Ann Hollas (27) and Peyton Redmond (26) each have over 25 aces as well. SCOUTING TEXAS | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS• After winning their second-straight Big 12 crown, the Longhorns set their sights on another deep postseason run. One of those runs hinges on a powerful offense as Texas ranks second in the land with an attack percentage of .308. • The Longhorns are led by 2018 Big 12 Coach of the Year Jerritt Elliott who has 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year Micaya White and 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Logan Eggleston at his disposal. • White leads the team in kills per set (3.88) and ranks second in digs per set (2.41). Offensively, other big players for the Longhorns include Eggleston (2.87 kills/set), Brionne Butler (2.09 kills/set) and Yaazie Bedart-ghani (2.59 kills/set). • Bedart-ghani (.370), Butler (.363) and Morgan Johnson (.358) ranks second, third and fourth among all Big 12 players in terms of hitting percentage. They rank 38th, 45th and 53rd in the nation respectively, too.• Butler (1.20 blocks/set) and Johnson (1.08 blocks/set) lead the way at the front of the net for Texas. As a team, the Longhorns rank 48th nationally with 2.44 blocks per set. COMING UP NEXT• Should SFA defeat the fifth-ranked Longhorns, it would move on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Ladyjacks would take on the winner of Texas State and Rice in a second-round match on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

Four NRL agents raided by NSW fraud squad as part of Parramatta investigation

first_imgPolice confirmed raids were underway at businesses in the CBD, Woollahra and Leichhardt on Thursday morning. The raids were being conducted in relation to Strike Force Rhodium, a NSW police spokeswoman said.No arrests are expected and no further comment will be made, police said.Officers from the NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad arrived at the properties with search warrants just after 9.30am.It’s believed the raids were carried out to seize contracts for NRL players, past and present, according to the Seven Network.last_img read more

Taufua has operation on broken arm

first_imgPhoto by: GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Jordan Taufua, right, chats with Canterbury star and Crusaders team-mate Richie Mo’unga after Saturday’s final) Tasman lost 35-13 to Canterbury in Saturday’s premiership decider in Christchurch, with Taufua having to be replaced in the 41st minute after suffering what appeared to be a broken arm in the game’s opening minutes.Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Tony Lewis confirmed that Taufua had an operation on Sunday and that he could be out of action for up to 12 weeks.However, Lewis said that the injury might also be a blessing for Taufua after the rugged No 8 had taken plenty of physical punishment during Tasman’s premiership campaign.”It might be a good thing as now Jordan can have a well-earned rest after continually putting his body on the line throughout the season,” Lewis said.Lewis didn’t believe the injury would have any real impact on Taufua’s commitments with the Crusaders who didn’t reassemble until January in their quest for back to back Super Rugby titles.”It’s a chance now for Jordan to get his body right and the rest will do him good. He’s one hell of a rugby player and one hell of a human being.”Despite injuring his arm in the first half, Taufua refused to buckle and kept playing for as long as possible before being ordered to exit the action.”He would live and die out there for the team, the province, ” Tasman captain Alex Ainley said in reference to Taufua.”And he had to be dragged off the field. That was what happened in the end, when the doctor pulled him off the park. I don’t think it was his say.”last_img read more

Brown leaves Newcastle Knights

first_imgPhoto Getty Images Caption: Former Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown The Knights announced last week that Brown’s time at the helm would come to an end after the 2019 season.However, the 46-year-old has left effective immediately, the Knights said in a statement on Tuesday.”The nib Newcastle Knights can confirm coach Nathan Brown has departed the club effective immediately,” a statement read.BREAKING NEWS: Nathan Brown to depart the club, effective immediately.https://t.co/6d06f0NSwT#GoHardGoKnights #20Knighteen— Newcastle Knights (@NRLKnights) August 27, 2019″This decision has been made in conjunction with Brown in the best interest of the club.”Kristian Woolf will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the 2019 season.”With two games remaining, Newcastle are 11th in the NRL ladder, three points behind eighth-placed Brisbane Broncos.last_img read more

PNG defeats Tonga 38-0 in rugby 9s qualifier

first_imgThe BSP Stadium is filling up, with 90 per cent of seats occupied.PNG with speed, power and purpose outplayed the Tongans with seven tries to one.The try scorers for PNG were:  Ase Boas, Sailas Gahuna, Israel Eliab (2 tries), David Lapua, Willie Minoga, Lawrence Tu’u and Wartovo Puara Jnr. The Tongans’ only try was scored by Sione Fa.last_img

Athletic is still in the Cup after flirting with the elimination against a bold Tenerife

first_imgPhoto: EFE A dumbfounded Athletic Club continues in the Copa del Rey after flirting with the elimination before a bold Tenerife, who says goodbye to it after a notable participation when falling into the penalty shootout.The presence in the Heliodoro of a historical such as Athletic intimidated enough to fear the worst, but what could never be foreshadowed, not even the Bilbao team itself, was that it had such an unfortunate and unprecedented start, that not only stunned their own players but also to Tenerife.Only a minute of play had elapsed when Moore, a meter from the area, received a hard tackle from the Herrerín goal in his desperate start, an action sanctioned with the expulsion of the Basque goal, while, in a row, the launch of Luis’s foul Milla touched Williams, inside the area, with one of her hands.In this way, the referee, after the pertinent consultation of the VAR, punishable the lack of the attacker, Joselu was responsible for scoring from the fateful point in minute seven, while at the edge of the first quarter of an hour a Yuri center Raúl García nodded for a timely Williams to score the tie with his chest.But when the Biscayan cadre seemed to be replaced by his initial misfortune, with the score again matched and also with a conscientious control of his rival, another bloody and devastating mood blow arrived. This time it was Elliot who, within the area, got rid of several rival defenders and, from the left, focused on the penalty spot so that Yuri, in his eagerness to clear the ball, left him at the feet of an outstanding Joselu, that with a dry shot he scored his second goal. The Garitano win the Canaries on penalties after the final 3-3center_img After the resumption, a poisoned launch of Lekue from the front deflected Ortolá to corner, but in the second attempt Bilbao was successful, although with the close collaboration of Milla, who after missing a pass in the 53rd minute, left the ball at the mercy of Williams for the striker to face the area and beat Ortolá with a low shot.This new balance in the scoreboard led to a much more open clash, now with repeated arrivals in the respective areas, and with the occasional occasion, such as a Joselú heel in the 78th minute that Ezkieta successfully resolved, ending this danger until concluding this second part.The tie forced the dispute of the mandatory extension, an added time in which both teams continued to insist on decanting their respective colors, but hardly shooting at the door, until a penetration in the Nahuel area ended with a demolition of Lekue and with the consequent penalty, which this time transformed Dani Gomez in the 105th minute.But two minutes to the end of the extension, Yuri neutralized the local advantage with a shot from outside the area that ended up in the net to force the penalties.Data sheet:3. CD Tenerife: Ortolá; Luis Pérez, Carlos Ruiz, Sipcic, Alex Muñoz (Nahuel, m.75); Moore, Luis Milla, Undabarrena (Dani Gómez, m.93), Javi Alonso (Aitor Sanz, m.66); Elliot (Lasure, m.50) and Joselu.3. Athletic Club: Blacksmith; Lekue (Capa, m.106), Yeray, Unai Nuñez (Ezkieta, m.4), Íñigo Martínez, Yuri; Muniain, Dani García, Unai López (Vesga, m.82); Williams (Villalibre, m.95) and Raúl García.Goals: 1-0, M.7: Joselu. 1-1, M.16: Williams. 2-1, M.20: Joselu. 2-2, M.53: Williams. 3-2, M.105: Dani Gómez. 3-3, M.117: Yuri.In the penalty shootout (2-4) Aitor Sanz and Nahuel scored for Tenerife, and Raúl García, Muniain, Vesga and Villalibre for Athletic Club.Referee: Pablo González Fuertes (Asturian Territorial Committee). He drove Herrerín (m.1) with a direct red for knocking Moore out of the area and Carlos Ruiz (m.93) for a yellow card, in addition, he admonished the Undabarrena (m.21), Alex Muñoz (m .31), Moore (m.91) and Ortolá (m.115), and visitors Williams (m.6), Dani García (m.37), to coach Gaizka Garitano (m.65), Raúl García (m .75), Yuri (m.91) and Íñigo Martínez (m.98).Incidents: Round of 16 match of S.M. Cup the King played in the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium before 17,484 spectators. In the ninth minute of the game the public cheered the name of the visitor Williams for the recent racist insults received in Cornellá, Barcelona.last_img read more

Adam, Juanfran and Chica, former Betis, deny knowledge of any match size

first_imgFor its part, Adam and Girl have commented that it could be cataloged as “crazy” considering the situation of the team that season, also indicating the latter that “make three goals away from home and finish losing is difficult. “They have also referred to the goal that gave them the victory, marked by Moreno in minute 93 from the center of the field, a goal that, has commented its author, was the first of his career in First does not believe that he returns to repeat in the rest of his career.Regarding the last game of that season, Osasuna al Betis, Chica and Moreno have indicated that they were “close” to tie, although the latter has commented that “it started very badly”, they came out with an alignment different than usual and, like the rest of the season, “that match was a mess. “Chica has referred to the role of the Osasuna goalkeeper, commenting that, although he scored the goal of his team, Andrés Fernández also made Three other stops.At the defense’s question, they have all assured that they were not vacationing that summer in Javea and that they have not been users of the number of telephone 611 and that it was allegedly used to specify threats with Osasuna.Regarding the characteristics of their contracts, Adam and Moreno have indicated that they did not have a reduction of emoluments in case of descent of the team, although this was the case of Chica, noting that I was interested in descending but more than for an economic issue,“dignity” and respect for the club and the fans. Several former Betis players during the 2013-2014 season have denied knowledge of any size taking place match and have ensured that they received no offer for part of a teammate or member of Osasuna.This Wednesday Antonio Adan, Juanfran have testified Moreno and Javi Chica in the trial against six former directors of Osasuna, three former Betis players and two real estate agents accused of appropriation undue, corporate, false business document, forgery of the annual accounts and sports corruption due to the alleged adjustment of matches.At the prosecution’s question, they have all been knowledgeable that match-fixing is illegal and have claimed that they have never received any offer from any employee or manager from Osasuna, as well as any fellow Betis to predeterminesome matchLikewise, most have indicated that they did not listen to any classmates talk about an offer or meeting for determine a match although Moreno has commented that “at the end of It was normal for years to hear rumors “, although he has clarified that he has never seen him or” no one “has offered him” money directly. “In reference to the penultimate meeting of the season between Valladolid and Betis, in which the Sevillians ended up winning after several comebacks, Moreno explained that “Betis was already down,” so they played “quieter”, while Valladolid “played a lot”, what makes “many mistakes” because of the nerves, a “normal” match End of season.last_img read more

Rotterdam, New York, Buenos Aires and St. Petersburg mark the tennis agenda

first_imgThe good tennis figures steadily return to the competitors after the Australian Open. A number of excellent rackets of the Prime-10 ATP meet this week in Rotterdam, whereas different rackets on the circuit play in New York or Argentina. In the ladies’s circuit, the St. Petersburg event brings collectively nice rackets like Bencic or Kvitova, whereas Elina Svitolina will search for the title in Thailand.ABN AMRO World Tennis Match (Rotterdam, February 10-16): Daniil Medvedev begins as the first favourite to the title in the Dutch event, the place he may have as rivals Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gael Monfils (champion in 2019), David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Andrey Rublev or Denis Shapovalov. Roberto Bautista, sixth favourite, and Pablo Carreño, can be the solely Spanish representatives on this ATP 500 event.New York Open (New York, February 10-16): John Isner is the massive favourite to the title in the New York event towards rivals akin to Milos Raonic (three-time event champion), Reilly Opelka (champion in 2019), Tennys Sandgren, Ugo Humbert, Miomir Kecmanovic, Cameron Norrie or Kyle Edmund, Argentina Open (Buenos Aires, February 10-16): Diego Schwartzman will search the title earlier than the Argentine public in a event the place Guido Pella, Dusan Lajovic, Borna Coric, Laslo Djere and Casper Ruud may even compete, the place the presence of as much as six Spanish tennis gamers stands out: Albert Ramos, Pablo Andújar, Roberto Carballés, Jaume Munar , Fernando Verdasco, Pedro Martínez,GSB Thailand Open (Hua Hin, February 10-16): Elina Svitolina begins as a favourite to the title in the Thai event towards rivals akin to Shuai Zheng or Petra Martic.St. Petersburg Girls Trophy (St. Petersburg, February 10-16): Belinda Bencic leads participated in the Russian event, which additionally highlights the presence of gamers akin to Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sakkari, Johanna Konta or Elena Rybakina.last_img read more

The trident of the Champions

first_imgNow the Portuguese is gone. And with him the goal went away. The top scorer of this Madrid is Benzema (18). And behind him, Ramos (7). In the double season (16-17) the Madrid of Zidane averaged 2.8 goals per game. In this one makes one less per game. That is why, with Hazard’s return, the trident has also returned to Madrid, and with the Belgian he has installed himself Bale, the player with the most fang for the goal of the squad. After the BBC comes the BBH. Only a couple of delays in defense made the bet end in wreck. For Zidane, Rodrygo is a midfielder, Lucas Vázquez a secondary actor Y Vinicius has no goal. Therefore Bale still important to him and insists on retrieve it The French coach wants his own trident, how Klopp has yours with Mané, Firmino and Salah, one like that of Barça with Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann or like that of Tuchel with Mbappé, Icardi and Neymar. Like the one who had Ancelotti (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano), the BBC what was it “non-negotiable“For the Italian and then inherited himself. But on that team inherited by Zidane was Cristiano, the man of 450 goals in 438 games, and ended up dispensing with Bale in the starting eleven of his last two Champions won. That Zidane was around Madrid with the Bbh for the big occasions it is demonstrated by the fact that it was his bet for the first big game of the season, before the PSG in the Park of the Princes. But he was too ambitious and placed James next to Casemiro and Kroos. He fell 3-0 with a crash. And even so, Zidane he scored the same eleven in the next game, in a whole Sánchez Pizjuán (0-1 this time). The coach repeated trident against Atlético en Liga (0-0), another big game. This time with Casemiro-Valverde-Kroos. And it worked… Until yesterday, because of the injuries chained by Bale and Hazard, I had not been able to repeat the experiment.center_img On the field. Bale left applauded the Bernabéu without making an important match. The fans rewarded their efforts more than their success, to be seen making a coverage to Carvajal in the 78th minute or he would not hesitate to play the expulsion to cut a counter with a hard foul to Rafinha behind. Hazard He weighed more for his band even than the Welshman. He formed a magic triangle with Marcelo (Gave him 13 passes!) And Benzema (7). On the horizon is the Classic and the City… It only remains to see if Zidane He really wants his own trident. But it points to the Champions.last_img read more

Mourinho: “All Leipzig substitutes would play for my team”

first_imgThe Portuguese coach, however, assumes his share of responsibility, but explains with a significant comparison the state of alarm that Tottenham is experiencing right now: “All the players on the Leipzig bench would play on my team right now“Part of reason is not lacking, since it had capital losses such as that of Kane or They are, together with others of lesser importance such as that of Bergwijn, Davies, Foyth or Sissoko. Thus, he included several men from the quarry in the call, played in attack point with Lucas Moura as usual emergency solution… Despite this, Mourinho’s team made the cut, at least statistically speaking. He lacked forcefulness behind, but only finished twice less between the three clubs and fought ball control.In any case, Mourinho had no qualms about recognizing the superiority of the rival: “Of course it was difficult and Leipzig deserved to reach the quarterfinals. All the teams in the world would fight the loss of five or six of their most important players. It’s as simple as that. We have many problems and it is really difficult.With the Premier’s halt due to the spread of the coronavirus, a new way is opened for Tottenham to recover their footballers for the final stretch. Before hearing the news, ‘Mou’ remained firm in the spirit of dedication: “Our problems will not disappear tomorrow. We have no results where we have not been able to fight for the points. We lost 3-2, 2-1, 1-0, draws … It’s not that we can’t fight. We will fight to the end. “ Tottenham said goodbye to the Champions League in the round of 16, after falling to Leipzig by three goals to nil in Germany and not being able to turn around the defeat also harvested in London. Despite all the injuries that plague the ‘spur’ squad, from England it has been considered a failure and Mourinho has been identified as one of the main responsible.last_img read more